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  •  I know this isn't going to be (0+ / 0-)

    popular around here, but Rahm is the only one who has served in two Democratic White Houses, Congress, and as an executive. And he knows how to raise money. He'd be a competitor.

    •  I think Rahm would make a great VP for... (0+ / 0-)

      ...someone like a Castro or Gillibrand.

      "If these Republicans can't stand up to Rush, how can they stand up to the Iranians?" - Redmond Barry

      by xsonogall on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:15:07 PM PDT

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      •  There is no such thing as a "great VP". (0+ / 0-)

        People vote for the top of the ticket. The VP becomes a factor on the day a sitting president dies. There is way too much hype about VPs.

        •  You're right that people vote for the top... (0+ / 0-)

          ...of the ticket, which is why I'd stick Rahm in at the 2nd slot. And yes, the VP is not really that important a position, but I disagree that one can't be a "great" VP.

          A VP's most important job during campaign season is to balance the ticket out (appeal to the voters who might not like the presidential candidate or provide strength in an area the candidate might appear to be weak in - a la Biden) OR be an attack dog on the campaign trail. Reason I think Rahm would be a great VP for Gillibrand or Castro is because he would add the "toughness" to the ticket, and he would definitely be an effective attack dog.

          "If these Republicans can't stand up to Rush, how can they stand up to the Iranians?" - Redmond Barry

          by xsonogall on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:28:38 PM PDT

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          •  But being an attack dog has its problems (1+ / 0-)
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            The advantage Joe Biden has as being the Vice President is that not only is he an effective attack dog, he's also able to connect with people on a personal level that's direct, no nonsense and to the point.  Rahm Emmanuel doesn't seem to have that gift.  He's just an attack dog.

    •  Rahu Emmanuel wouldn't run (3+ / 0-)
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      Even if he did, he'd be too divisive.  Sure, Emmanuel would be able to easily tap into Obama's campaign team as he's been apart of Obama's inner circle and also happens to be the Mayor of Chicago.  However, some things would come to haunt him:

      1)  His actions as Mayor of Chicago in handling the recent teachers strike in the city.

      2)  His apparent willingness to chastise and demean those Democrats who don't vote the right way on legislation.  For instance, when Eric Massa was a Congressman, he pointed out that Emmanuel would actually go into the shower room and poke him when he was naked and got him angry from not voting for President Obama's budget.  Massa didn't vote no on it for the exact same reasons like the GOP.

      3)  Emmanuel is definitely a Washington insider with an insider's perspective.  When Howard Dean ran things as DNC Chairman from 2005-2009, he implemented a 50-state strategy which Emmanuel was against.  The two of them have had a rift about this.  In the end, Dean's strategy proved to be effective and it helped Obama's election in 2008 as well.

    •  will Rahm really have a strong electoral (0+ / 0-)

      college outlook though?  I think we'd be looking at a razor thin margin like '04 or '00 while with Clinton we have the chance of picking up all of the Obama states plus a few more

      I like Michelle more than Barack.

      by duha on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 12:30:46 PM PDT

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    •  Well that would cause me to leave the party (0+ / 0-)

      Fortunately he could never win.  Filthy mouth.  Way too abrasive.  He's Christie without charm and just as anti-union.

      •  I say Emmanuel should be challenged (0+ / 0-)

        A progressive Democrat in Chicago should challenge Rahm Emmanuel for re-election.  Emmanuel gives Democrats a bad name, even though he's one of their top go-to guys for fundraising.

    •  I wouldn't vote for Rahm (0+ / 0-)

      if Ronald Reagan rose from the dead and ran for a third term.

      You hear about crazy, but it's rarer than you think. -Jon Stewart 1/10/2011

      Help Me Find Mister Boots

      by lcork on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 05:07:35 PM PDT

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